Ryan Howard: Your NL MVP

No soup for Albert Pujols, who comes in second. Lance Berkman the consensus 3rd-place finisher. Anyway, we can’t wait for tomorrow.

10 comments… add one
  • Wow, I got a pre-season prediction right! Finally!

    SF November 20, 2006, 4:15 pm
  • Meh. Not the worse choice ever, of course, but it should’ve been Pujols.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) November 20, 2006, 4:37 pm
  • Well Rob, with that in mind and everyone saying It should be Jeter perhaps we will have another surprise in store tomorrow, though I wont be surprised when Ortiz wins the AL MVP.

    TJ November 20, 2006, 4:38 pm
  • So, according to that Newsday article, Ortiz doesn’t get consideration because he must be on steroids?

    LocklandSF November 20, 2006, 5:11 pm
  • Slow since this morning…everyone just waiting for the firestorm one way or another tomorrow?

    Quo November 20, 2006, 6:01 pm
  • The fact that 3 1B got more votes seems to signify that there was virtually no emphasis on defense in the NL voting (Beltran). I guess that’s good news for the likes of Hafner and Ortiz. At the very least Jeter will get some sympathy or celebretory poon from Biel…which I would gladly take as a consolation prize.

    nate November 20, 2006, 6:01 pm
  • Yeah, that’s a terrific line of argument — because all these players “missed significant time” (or sucked) and Jeter didn’t and the Yankees still won the division, Jeter must be the MVP. I guess Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu just don’t have the intangibles.
    I won’t say Jeter’s undeserving of the award — if he’s going to win, this year is rightfully his best chance. But I still maintain that Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu had the most impact on the team’s second-half rise.

    Paul SF November 20, 2006, 6:47 pm
  • Here are Jeter’s 2nd half numbers:
    avg: .342, OBP: .405, Slugging:.507
    avg: .278, OBP: .349, Slugging:.496
    And ABreu’s numbers with the Yanks:
    avg: .330, OBP: .419, Slugging: .507
    Essentially, Jeter and Abreu were both brilliant in the stretch run. Damon doesn’t even enter the discussion. But Jeter and Abreu were equals, and Jeter did it at a position that is not typically an offensive one. I say Jeter was more valuable in both halves than any other player on his team.

    Nick-YF November 20, 2006, 6:58 pm
  • And the MVP isn’t a second-half award, though it’s weighted that way by the voters (much to my dismay, at least disportionally so..)

    Lar November 20, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • To me, the AL MVP should come down to Jeter and Mauer. Instead, it appears that if anyone is gonna beat Jeter, it’s going to be the 3rd-best Twins candidate.
    If Mauer beat Jeter, I’d be perfectly fine with it. If Morneau beats Jeter, I’ll be pissed.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) November 21, 2006, 8:32 am

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